Song Review: “Cold Blood” by Apocalyptica

I’m taking a new step into adding more music posts onto my blog. Every Tuesday will be a favorite artist/groups. What I like about them and their music styles. On Thursdays, I will be doing a different review of some sort. I generally miss doing these types of posts but they can be very time consuming to the point where they lose my interest. There are some weeks when different music comes out and I usually can’t get a review out that Tuesday, so I’m hoping having a day like Thursday will be less stressful for me. 

Since I’ve been mainly talking about female singers on my Tune Tuesday posts, it feels a little weird breaking out and talking about all-male bands again. If you haven’t heard of the Finnish metal band Apocalyptica before, you are certainly missing out. However, if you’re a hardcore metal fan it might seem a bit difficult to accept these guys into your normal outlook of what a heavy metal band should sound like. If you know me very well, you’ll know I like challenging people into listening to big female fronted metal bands like Arch Enemy or maybe Epica. Apocalyptica doesn’t have a female vocalist, they have used Lacey Sturm, the former singer of Flyleaf and Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil in their tracks. What people may not be able to understand is that the group doesn’t necessarily use the normal metal-like instruments.

The group consists of three classically trained celloists and one drummer. Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaasko, Paavo Lötjönen and Mikko Siren, They started off being a cover band for Metallica. They’ve released seven albums and are about to release their newest next month. Last year, they added vocalist Franky Perez into the band and he is featured in their live shows and on their new album Shadowmaker. I heard the first single on Sirius XM Octane the other day, I’ll be honest I don’t normally listen to their music in a casual way, only a few songs have actually captured my attention in the last two or three years. When I heard the song though, I had to rewind my TV during the damn intro because I like that ominous tone. It is amazing that there are NO guitars in their songs and it’s just these classic instruments. the only sound you are familiar with are the drums and cymbals. I love the powerful stance it gives out in the first few seconds, sounds like a true metal song! It’s magic!

After hearing it, I immediately found it on my Spotify and put it on my Starred list. I can’t wait for the rest of the album. If you’re not a fan of them or have never heard of their music before, I dare you to give this song a listen! Enjoy!